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On since 2022

Last update: December 2022

Macdonald Houstoun House is a unique wedding venue surrounded by 22 acres of enchanting woodland in the heart of West Lothian, Scotland. Once visited by Mary Queen of Scots, this 16th-century tower house is steeped in history, offering couples ample character and ambience. This tranquil setting is an oasis of quiet seclusion and the ideal blend of luxury and antique style for timeless wedding affairs.

Facilities and Capacity

Macdonald Houstoun House offers a romantic setting for weddings of all sizes and styles, from the intimate to the large and lavish. Each season brings a new element to the surroundings, giving it a unique charm all year round. Thanks to its gorgeous grounds and tree-lined driveway, the estate is made for those with a desire for truly inspiring wedding pictures. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies, this distinctive venue provides a choice of sites, including the walled gardens where couples will have the chance to really wow their guests. Embrace this outdoor space fully with an elegant drinks reception before heading inside for a sumptuous wedding feast. The Houstoun Suite is the jewel of the property, its sophisticated interiors able to host up to 150 seated guests and 180 standing with ease. Elsewhere, Strathbrock Suite is a wonderful alternative for more demure celebrations of 80 and under. Originally the 16th-century stables, this converted suite boasts a quiet sophistication where guests can share drinks in a private outside courtyard. For pre-wedding dinners, the Tower Restaurant offers a cosy, stately setting where 30 of the couple's nearest and dearest can savour the award-winning cuisine. The property's luxurious Bridal Suite is the perfect place to end the night in style, while overnight guests can stay in one of 73 wonderful bedrooms.

Services Offered

At Macdonald Houstoun House, the highly experienced Wedding Managers will gladly assist you in planning a day that is completely personal to you. This extends to your wedding feast, with the option to bring in your choice of outside caterers that can best meet your wedding needs. There is a range of seasonal wedding packages to suit every budget and style, each with exclusive venue use. Just some of the features you can expect include:

  • Red carpet on arrival
  • A piper to accompany meals
  • Private menu tasting for the wedding couple
  • A master of ceremonies
  • A welcome drink
  • A selection of canapés
  • Personalised menus and table plan
  • All-day DJ

Frequently asked questions

Venue Type:

In the Country
Large Hotel
Outdoor License

Ceremony Options:

Civil Ceremony Licence

Dining Options:

Seated Meal Facilities
Allows Private Catering
Alcohol Licence
Buffet Meal Facilities
In House Catering

Evening Entertainment:

Dance Floor
Entertainment Licence
Live Band Facilities
Evening Reception Facilities
DJ Facilities
Outdoor Fireworks Permitted

Overnight Accommodation:

Overnight Accommodation for Wedding Couple
Overnight Accommodation for Guests

Venue Staff Assistance:

Master of Ceremonies/ Toastmaster
Wedding Coordinator

Venue Leisure Facilities:

Swimming Pool
Health Suite
Fitness Centre

Other Features:

Exclusive Use
Disabled Facilities
Car Parking
Confetti Permitted
Pet Friendly
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100% Recommended by couples
13 reviews
Lorraine Married on 04/05/2019
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent team!

The location and setting of the hotel was perfect for our special day and the dedicated attention given by your team made everything go so smoothly.
Anonymous Married on 28/07/2018
5 out of 5 rating

The perfect day

We made an everlasting memory for ourselves, family and friends by choosing to have our wedding at this venue.
The grounds and venue in our pictures are exactly what we wanted and more. The whole day was sheer perfection.
5 out of 5 rating

Simply Wonderful

I cannot thank them enough for everything they did for us to make the day as smooth and fun as it was. Marcelle and Catherine the wedding co-ordinators were amazing at introducing us to the hotel and undertaking all tasks asked of them over the two years planning our wedding.

Marcelle kept in constant contact with both my husband and I and was always quick to email back and supply us with decisions and keeping us informed of what was going on.

We were always greeted with warmth and the actual day was no different. Every guest commented on how friendly all the staff were and Gianni was a gentleman making sure I was calm and knew what was going on at all times.

The Quality of food was is superb. The chef is an absolute credit and the drinks were excellent. There was no food left…that said it all. The food and drinks were delivered quickly and with wonderful flare.

We were stunned about how much we could get for our money.

One of our guests did not tell us she was vegan however when the staff found out they went out of their way to prepare a special meal for her. I was so impressed. It was all so easy and smooth, the staff could not have been more attentive.

My parents dealt with the payment of the wedding. It was well explained, they felt confident that all was correct and at no point did they feel pressured to settle the bill and all the bedrooms were settled with ease.

Special recognition to Marcelle our wedding co-ordinator for helping us plan our amazing day and inspiring us with new ideas and accepting all our mad ideas and running with them. She was amazing from start to finish.
5 out of 5 rating

I Wish I could do it all again!

Hi Marcelle – Well..back to work with a bang for us today! Can’t believe the last two weeks have flown by so quickly. Anyway we just wanted to thank you and all the staff who were at our wedding for making it such a special day. Everything went like clockwork and we both thoroughly enjoyed the day. We’ve had loads of compliments on the food served, how nice the rooms were, the flow of the day and the surroundings. The young staff who served dinner and were around for most of the night were brilliant – very discreet, quick and kept the wine flowing at just the right speed for our guests. Please can you pass on our thanks to them. Andy and I both wanted to mention that we appreciated very much the honesty of the hotel/staff around the wine that was unused during the meal.
We were asked if we wanted to continue serving this unused wine in the evening as we’d already been charged and we agreed. We felt this was really fair and very honest of the team – I’m sure some hotels wouldn’t have told us wine was leftover so thank you for that too.
Breakfast in the morning was well organised, great quality and our guests really liked the set up and it let us spend more time with our guests.
It was just a fabulous experience with Houstoun House. I wish I could do it all again!
5 out of 5 rating

5 Star Wow

My new husband and I got married here on Friday 12th June and on behalf of both of us we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at Houstoun House for their first class service and attention prior to, during and post our special day!!! All the staff were extremely pleasant and attentive to detail, there was nothing too much trouble. We booked our wedding function back In October 2014 and basically all we had to do was turn up on the day, everything was taken care of. I would especially like to mention our fabulous wedding co-ordinator Marcelle, such a pleasure and delight to work with and every request was met accordingly, we would also like to say a huge thank you to Operations Manager Marcin, he was in attendance throughout our wedding function and ensured every detail was to high standard. We were so fortunate to have our ceremony in their outstanding grounds which are maintained to perfection, the location is just ideal and amazing for photo opportunities, it was a true Fairytale dream wedding, we both couldn't be any happier or satisfied! Our reception room was beautifully prepared and meals were superb. And as for the Honeymoon Suite in Room 23, WOW!!!!!! It's one of the most beautiful and luxurious rooms we have ever had the pleasure of staying in. The giant bed was soooo comfortable and lush, i could go on and on and on!!!! From start to finish we received outstanding service. We will definitely be returning hopefully on a regular basis and look forward to many more celebrations here in the future as Mr & Mrs Tomaszewscy!!!! Thank you MacDonald Houstoun House Hotel for our fabulous memorable wedding day, we will cherish the memories forever!
5 out of 5 rating

April 2015

We would like to pass on our thanks to you and all the staff at Houstoun House who made our wedding so memorable on Saturday - it was a great day and all the guests commented on how helpful everyone was and they took care of everyones needs.
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My daughter had there Wedding Reception at this Hotel on Saturday 28/3/15. What can I say! This Hotel and there staff were brilliant! The room was beautiful and the Wedding meal was amazing. Everything from start to finish was faultless, and it just made everything perfect. I would also like to give a big thank you to Gianni for his organisation skills and timings as it is 1st class. His manners and customer service 10 out of 10 and the way he managed his staff as he goes that extra mile to make sure everything went well.There were lots of us staying over in the hotel, and the rooms were lovely. The breakfast were also very good, and staff were very friendly. I would recommend this Hotel if you are thinking of having a Wedding as we all had a fantastic day, and you will not be disappointed. A big thank you to all.
5 out of 5 rating

Absolutely fantastic, could not fault a single thing.

We chose the macdonald houstoun house for the wonderful gardens and professional service which we received from the beginning. We had been hoping for an outside ceremony and we were not dissapointed the gardens looked fantastic and our guests constantly said it was the best wedding they had ever been to.
5 out of 5 rating

We could not have asked for anything more!

The staff at Houstoun House were fantastic and helped make our special day so memorable.
We could not have asked for anything more.
5 out of 5 rating

Excellent day, we really enjoyed it.

We had an excellent day and enjoyed it alot.
We appreciate all that the Houstoun House did in making it a memorable occasion.
5 out of 5 rating

Fantastic Day!

We had a fantastic day, as did all our guests and the hotel and staff catered for everyone really well. The Wedding Planner was very helpful and supportive and answered an endless amount of questions!!
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The Meal was exceptional!!

Everything went to plan and was very professionally done. The tables looked stunning and the spotlights added an extra touch. The meal was exceptional and everybody commented on it.
5 out of 5 rating

A day to remember!

We had my Daughters wedding at Houstoun House and it was a grest success, all our family and friends had a wonderful time and it will certainly be a day to remember.
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